ERIC Number: ED425593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Linking Inclusion to Conclusions: An Empirical Study of Participation of Students with Disabilities in Statewide Testing Programs. State Assessment Series, Oregon Report 1.
Almond, Patricia; Tindal, Gerald; Stieber, Steve
This report discusses the findings of a study that attempted to investigate the participation rates of students with disabilities in the Oregon statewide testing program. The study joined individual student data from the Oregon Statewide Assessment Program and the Oregon Special Education Child Count to examine participation rates. The report discusses the problems encountered in merging two extant data sets and highlights these findings as relevant for any state department with a testing program that creates and uses a database separate from the special education child count files. The study found an unsettling level of disagreement between various indicators of special education membership. The data collections are operated by different offices under separate statues and federal regulations, and data are maintained in separate unrelated files. Recommendations for examining the capability of the assessment program to assess and report on all of its students adequately are provided, including: (1) examine various data collections involved; (2) conduct an analysis of how statues affect which data; (3) include demographic information on testing answer sheets; (4) investigate the circumstances surrounding the marking of exclusion codes; and (5) improve the ability to both aggregate and disaggregate summaries. (Contains 16 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Data Collection, Disabilities, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Input Output Analysis, Outcomes of Education, Recordkeeping, Research Problems, School Effectiveness, State Programs, Student Participation
National Center on Education Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455; Tel: 612-624-8561; Fax: 612-624-0879; Web site: http://www.coled.umn.edu/NCEO ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon